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Inmates at Tamms include child rapist, ‘I-57 Killer’

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Some of the inmates serving time at Tamms:

Henry Brisbon, 56

• Known as the “I-57 Killer” for robbing travelers and killing three of them. He forced a young couple, Dorothy Cerney and James Schmidt, to share a “last kiss” before shot-gunning them to death. He led prison riots at Stateville and fatally stabbed an inmate.

Michael “Paradise” Johnson, 58

•A Gangster Disciple leader serving a life sentence for murder and kidnapping. He ordered the 1987 murder of Pontiac Correctional Center Supt. Robert Taylor.

Anthony S. White, 26

• Originally convicted on weapons charges, he was sent to Tamms after a 2009 escape attempt from Pontiac Correctional Center in which he knocked out a guard and stole his uniform.

Jerico Smalley, 62

• He was convicted and sentenced to 100 years in prison in 1974 for being an accomplice in a shotgun attack on a Chicago cabbie. Repeated disciplinary problems, including throwing his feces at staff, have kept him at Tamms.

John Spires, 56

• A Countryside serial child rapist, he was sent to Tamms after abducting and raping a prison psychologist when he as an inmate at Dixon Correctional Center in 2006.

Doss Kuykendall, 43

• Nearing the end of his sentence for burglary, he was sent to Tamms in 2011 after escaping from the East Moline Correctional Center.

Anthony Gay, 37

• Convicted of robbery in Rock Island County, he was sent to Tamms and is serving 99 years. He has repeatedly thrown urine and feces at prison staff and has a history of genital self-mutilation in prison. He has filed lawsuits challenging the quality of his health care.



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